From Hooked on Science:

Are you and Santa still searching for the perfect toy for your child? A toy that is both fun and educational? If so, when searching for the perfect science toy, ask these questions.

  • Does the toy spark curiosity?
  • Will this toy interest my child?
  • Is the toy age-appropriate?

Here are Jason's “Top STEM Toys for Christmas 2016.”

Monthly Subscription Science Boxes

Searching for the perfect monthly subscription science box? If so, here's a list of Jason's favorite monthly subscription science boxes.

  • Groovy Lab in a Box
  • Tinker Crate
  • Home Science Lab
  • MEL Chemistry
  • STEM Box
Happy Atoms

Want to change the world through chemistry? Happy Atoms is a revolutionary molecular modeling system that inspires curiosity and makes learning fun.

  • Create molecules from plastic atom models that connect easily using magnets.
  • Discover the identities of the molecules you build by scanning them with the app.
  • Explore the molecules you discover, assemble collections of them, and complete guided chemistry tasks in the educational app.
Gravity Maze

It’s a maze game. It’s a marble game. Actually, it’s a gravity-powered logic maze game that builds reasoning skills and visual perception. The best part is – it’s fun to play and learn! Use the challenge cards to strategically place towers and create a path for your marble to reach the target. With 60 challenges to test your skills, this fun maze game is definitely a marble run for brainiacs!

Laser Maze

The challenges and laser make the hugely popular Laser Maze Game fun. The fact that it’s a logic maze game that teaches STEM skills makes it a perfect game for anyone. Laser Maze requires you to use mirrors, beam-splitters, a little science, and brainpower to direct the laser through a series of mind-challenging mazes and light up the target. This award-winning maze game is designed for solo play, but it’s so much fun everyone in the family will want a turn.

Circuit Maze

Ignite your logic and sequential reasoning skills with Circuit Maze! Your goal is to arrange the tokens to create a real circuit that lights up the different colored beacons. These clever circuit-building puzzles provide a boost of brainpower and a wonderful introduction to electrical engineering. With 60 challenges ranging in difficulty from beginner to expert, this logic game will provide engineers of all levels with hours of electrifying fun.

Magformers Walking Robot Set

Click, connect, create! Kids will love following along with the step-by-step idea booklet to discover the possibilities of the Walking Robot Set. Build 8 walking characters using the STEAM engine block and walking accessories. Let your imagination run wild as you discover the strength of MAGFORMERS and see what you can create! STEM education has never been so much fun!

Snap Circuits 3D Illumination

Snap Circuit 3D Illumination will drive you up the wall, literally. With new snap modules you will be able to go vertical with your circuit building by securing your snap boards together in a myriad of configurations. The new snap modules include the vertical snap wire, base grid stabilizer, base grid support and using them will create a stable platform as you erect each of the 150+ 3D Illumination Snap Circuit projects included in this kit.


Get your mental gears spinning with this bending, clicking, shape-shifting brainteaser! Moving from one challenge card to the next, it's up to you to fold this connected collection of sixteen colorful gears into the perfect positions that match each image. Start out with the first card and it might seem easy. But keep on working through medium, hard, and extra hard - "Wait, if this color's here, then how can that one be way up there?" It's not long before your synapses are in a jam and you're forced to shift to a higher gear of thinking!

Brackitz Driver

Unleash your child’s unlimited potential with award-winning Brackitz! Brackitz is a toy that encourages children to create, invent, and, experiment. Unlike other building toys, Brackitz’ unique connect-anywhere system allows builders of all ages to design and construct any structure they can imagine.

CogniToys Dino

There's nothing prehistoric about CogniToys Dino, the Wi-Fi-enabled, educational smart toy Dinosaurs that learn and grow with children. Loaded with fun personalities and tons of information, CogniToys are redefining learning in the digital age. The curious and conversational Dinos are powered by IBM Watson and Elemental Path's Friendgine technology, allowing them to deliver the kind of personalized play experience every child deserves.

Little Scholar mini

Get ready for school success with this educational tablet for children featuring reading, math, spelling, science, logic, geography, creativity, and more!! Whether your little scholar is in preschool, kindergarten, or first grade, he or she will love the 150+ preloaded apps, eBooks, songs, and videos. These apps combine progressive challenge with playful creativity using exciting activities, charming animations, and audio praise.

Jason's Top STEM Toys for Christmas 2016